The Broncos announced they re-signed linebacker Steven Johnson to a one-year deal. He started 14 games last season, starting seven, and recorded 30 tackles, a fumble recovery and a half-sack. He'll compete for playing time as an inside linebacker in Denver's 3-4 defense.
Broncos linebacker and special teams contributor Steven Johnson was informed by the club that he will not be tendered, making him an unrestricted free agent come Tuesday, reports the Denver Post. According to the report, the Broncos have not closed the door on bringing him back this offseason.
The Broncos have ruled running backs Montee Ball (groin) and Ronnie Hillman (foot) out for Sunday's game against Miami, according to Denver's final injury report for Week 12. The team also listed tight ends Virgil Green (calf) and Julius Thomas (ankle) as questionable. Meanwhile, the following players were deemed probable: David Bruton (ankle), Quinton Carter (knee), Ryan Clady (groin), Britton Colquitt (illness), Paul Cornick (shoulder), Emmanuel Sanders (concussion), Steven Johnson (ankle) and Juwan Thompson (knee).
Seven Broncos who had been deemed probable are set to play Week 11 against St. Louis, including running back Montee Ball (groin). The others are safety Quinton Carter (knee), offensive linemen Ryan Clady (groin), Paul Cornick (shoulder) and Orlando Franklin (knee), linebacker Steven Johnson (ankle) and running back Juwan Thompson (knee).
The Broncos have ruled out running back Ronnie Hillman (foot) for their Sunday game in St. Louis and tight end Virgil Green (knee) is doubtful, but the team is otherwise quite healthy. The only other players on their Friday injury report are probable. That group includes running backs Juwan Thompson (knee) and Montee Ball (groin), safety Quinton Carter (knee), offensive linemen Ryan Clady (groin), Paul Cornick (shoulder) and Orlando Franklin (knee) and linebacker Steven Johnson (ankle).